It’s that time of year when we’re all starting to get back out into the garden again, after a winter of neglect, which means that our hands and nails will take a battering from all the digging, trimming planting and pruning. Taking care of your hands required specific products which are potent enough to deal with such a well-used body part, so we thought we’d take a look at the best products from Decleor, Dermalogica and Elemis to help you along.
This hand and nail cream from Elemis is a treat for the body in many ways. As well as being nourished and reparative for damaged nails and dry hands, the delicate scent is a treat for the olfactory sense, too. They contain natural ingredients and no parabens or Sodium Laureth Sulphate which means you’ll be using the best natural ingredients to nurture your green fingers.
There are lots of reasons for brittle and splitting nails, including dehydration and repeated impacts, so gardening can play havoc with your nails. Decleor offers a special serum which is formulated to help strengthen the nails by replenishing the natural oils and softening the cuticles. Regular use has been proven to make nails stronger and able to grow longer.
Many women complain that their hands are one of the hardest areas to treat when it comes to anti-ageing, which is why Elemis have designed a hand and nail cream for exactly this purpose. The all-natural formula helps to even out the skintone by removing hyperpigmentation, as well as plumping the delicate skin on the backs of the hands which gives you beautifully smooth, firmer, younger looking hands.
This hand and nail treatment from Dermalogica really is a gardener’s delight, combining sweet almond oil, algae extract, ginko biloba, grape seed oil and vitamin E (amongst other natural ingredients) to actively soften the hands, protect against further damage and make the hands look younger. It also strengthens nails, alleviating splitting and breakage and relieves dry, cracked cuticles.
The name of this “butter” really does conjure up images of a luxurious, unctuous, oily cream which adds masses of moisture to dry skin, and that’s exactly what it does. Made from shea butter, it also harnesses the power of burdock, palmarosa, geranium and other quintessentially British botanicals to give an intense ‘glove’ of moisture to the hands whilst smelling fabulous!